Follow the leader!

This term, the children in Year 5 have been learning about the importance of service, the services provided within the school, as well as within the wider community. At Monteagle, they will have the unique opportunity to provide their own service by becoming leaders within the friendship squad. This role will be a huge responsibility for the children and involve leading games with children in years 1 and 3 during playtime, giving up their own time.

In order to prepare for this, the children have been thinking about what it takes to be a good game leader. They decided a good game leader needs to: have good communication skills; be organised; be inclusive; know the rules of a game and make the game fun.

They then put their leadership skills into action in groups of three by playing a game. One child from each table had to view the games instructions, away from the other members of the group. The leader then returned to the table and guided the players in the game. Once the game was finished, the class then reflected on the how the game went by discussing the following questions: Was it successful? What did you find most difficult? Is there anyway of overcoming these issues? What issues can you predict on the playground? As leaders, what do you think we could do to ensure games are a success in the playground?

Next, they plan to practise leading games in the playground with children across the school, to gain further practice of what it takes to lead a game successfully. They are very excited about the prospect of this already!